gray·​ish | \ ˈgrā-ish How to pronounce grayish (audio) \

Definition of grayish

1 : somewhat gray
2 of a color : low in saturation

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Examples of grayish in a Sentence

the black stallion and white mare produced a grayish filly
Recent Examples on the Web Wolves have a grayish black coat with small ears and a broad snout. René A. Guzman,, "Coyote sightings common at San Antonio Spurs games and, increasingly, in the wild," 24 Nov. 2020 In Montagne des Français, the exclusive habitat of the northern sportive lemur—a seven-inch tall, grayish-brown animal known for its shrill screams—patrols have identified areas newly denuded for charcoal production. Dina Fine Maron, Animals, "Madagascar’s endangered lemurs are being killed during pandemic lockdowns," 14 Dec. 2020 Coyotes also have grayish brown fur, big pointy ears and a long snout. René A. Guzman,, "Coyote sightings common at San Antonio Spurs games and, increasingly, in the wild," 24 Nov. 2020 The difference is the scrub jay also has a blue face and a grayish chest. René A. Guzman,, "San Antonio’s blue jay birds have a bold color and a brash bird call to match their attitude," 10 Nov. 2020 Salvia sonomensis more than earns its common name, staying completely flat to the ground except for 6-inch high whorls of violet-blue flowers that adorn the grayish-green foliage in May and June. Earl Nickel,, "Native sages add beauty and fragrance to your fall garden," 13 Nov. 2020 True to their name, gray foxes have grayish salt-and-pepper fur with a white underbelly and a bushy tail with a black stripe and tip. René A. Guzman,, "S.A.’s Common Critters: San Antonio’s gray foxes becoming more visible with urban sprawl," 13 Oct. 2020 Then, paint that nail with a grayish nude polish ($10, Sally Beauty). Jennifer Aldrich, Better Homes & Gardens, "Halloween Nail Designs Way Too Pretty To Be Scary," 5 Oct. 2020 Unlike the fluffy white cumulus clouds that also are created by convection, fire clouds are grayish or brown because of the ash, smoke, and particulate matter that get swept into the updraft. Amy Mckeever, National Geographic, "Fire clouds and fire tornadoes: How wildfires spawn extreme weather," 24 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of grayish

1562, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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17 Jan 2021

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“Grayish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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gray·​ish | \ ˈgrā-ish How to pronounce grayish (audio) \

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: somewhat gray

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